Before the Bite:
- If you work with animals, be sure to be up to date on your tetanus shot, once every ten years minimum.
- If you're a dog walker, strongly consider not taking animals with a history of aggression.
- Keep a first aid kit in your car.
- Talk to your vet about the side effects of giving your dog the Lyme Disease vaccination, such as aggression.
Oh S--- I've Been Bit!
- Wash the bite with soap and water well and immediately.
- Bandage with antibiotic ointment.
- If you need medical attention, go to your doctor's office or Urgent Care. Antibiotics may be necessary, especially if it was a cat bite. Don't go to CVS Minute Clinic, they don't treat bites.
- Report it to your local Animal Control. I know, it sucks, but it has to be done.
- Elevate the wound over heart level to prevent infection.
- Go home and drink a beer.
* The Knotty Dog Walker is not a doctor, just someone who was once bitten. If you need medical attention, see a qualified professional. If this is an emergency, call 911 dummy.